Two men from Southeast Arkansas who slashed a dog’s throat and laughed about it on video, pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty in Bastrop, Louisiana on Thursday morning. Steven Sadler and Boots Stanley, both 24, face a maximum ten year prison sentence or a maximum $25,000 fine.
According to The News Star, the disturbing crime caught attention when a viral video began to circulate through social media in August 2016. The SnapChat video was soon shared to Facebook. Filmed at the Bastrop Ship Pen, where horses are sold to the public or at auction before being shipped to slaughter in either Canada or Mexico, the dog was shown on the back of a horse being ridden by Stanley.
The dog desperately tried to hold onto the back of the horse, and laughter could be heard on the video as the poor animal tried so hard to survive. When the dog fell off, Sadler approaches the frightened animal and using a knife tried to slash its throat. After his first attempt failed, he slashes the dog several more times. Stanley videoed the entire disturbing scene.
Sadler and Stanley defended their actions stating the bulldog was vicious. The case had become of high interest to the public, and it is hoped the two men will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Judge Carl Sharp at the 4th Judicial District Court in Bastrop will sentence the men on Thursday, June 14.
Photo of men who slashed dog’s throat and dog via Hannah Gospin FB)